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Google announces new privacy features and upgrades its password manager

With the increasing scrutiny around the privacy of users, Google has announced some new features to give us all some additional peace of mind. Updates to Maps, YouTube, and Assistant will make it easier to control how much of your data the company has access to, and Password Checkup will help you ensure everything stays secure.

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My Echo is the one that says 'Bad Motherfucker:' Samuel L. Jackson will be an Alexa voice

Amazon just reported that Alexa is now available on over 85,000 devices, a 41% spike from May, from 9,500 brands — up another 28.3% from four months ago. With those kinds of numbers, it is paramount that more thought be put into a user's sense of privacy and security when they own an Alexa product. Today, the company announced a number of improvements, features, and skills it has worked towards in the past year with some new features available from today — notably including the coming addition of Samuel L. Jackson as a voice for Alexa.

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[Update: More details] Pixel lockscreen PIN bug is making phones unusable

Dozens of Pixel owners are reporting that they can't authenticate into their devices because every time they put their PIN in, the phone loops them back to the lock screen. The issue, which was first reported on the Pixel Phone Help forum nearly a month ago, seems to be affecting Pixel XLs the most, though there have been mentions of other Pixel, Pixel 2, and Pixel 3 series devices. So far, product experts have been encouraging affected users to escalate the issue with Google directly or reset their device from recovery.

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Ring's new lightweight app lets you instantly access your cameras

A couple of weeks back, Ring released a new "Rapid Ring" app to show you your video feeds much faster, without the bloat or added features of the full Ring app. Initially, it was limited to Australia and the UK, but support has recently expanded to the US and Canada.

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'Simjacker' exploit can compromise vulnerable phones with just an SMS message

Yesterday, security researchers at AdaptiveMobile Security revealed the existence of a new exploit they call "Simjacker," which they say allows for remote surveillance from targeted phones (among other potential actions) using nothing more than a malicious SMS. They even claim that the exploit has been actively used over the last two years by "a highly sophisticated threat actor in multiple countries." It all sounds like a pretty big deal, and unfortunately for concerned consumers, the researchers leave plenty of unanswered questions.

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Ring video doorbells and security camera are as low as $150 for Labor Day (up to 16% off)

 

There are many reasons you might want to keep an eye on your house when you're away: whether it's to see who's at the door from anywhere or record the theft of your Tesla, we usually feel safer with smart doorbells and cameras keeping an eye on our homes. These devices are somehow pricey, but thanks to a Labor Day deal on several Ring products, you can save up to 16% on a new Video Doorbell 2, Pro, or Stick Up Cam.

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Cryptographic key used to sign one of Facebook's Android apps compromised

The security of Android app updates hinges on the secrecy of a given app's signing key. It's how app updates are verified as secure, and if it falls into the wrong hands, false updates could be distributed containing nefarious changes. As a result, developers usually guard signing keys quite closely, but someone at Facebook seriously messed up. A key used by the company to digitally sign its Free Basics by Facebook app has been compromised, and third-party apps reusing the key have been spotted online.

After APK Mirror and Android Police owner Artem Russakovskii discovered the issue and reported it to Facebook, the original app listing was pulled from the Play Store and replaced with a new app using a new signing key.

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Yubico's new security key works with both USB Type-C and Lightning

Yubico makes some of the best USB security keys currently available. The company's products make it easy to add hardware-based two-factor authentication to many online accounts, but varying connectors and OS limitations make it harder to use them across platforms. Now Yubico has something closer to the best solution: the YubiKey 5Ci.

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KNOB Attack compromises Bluetooth security, but fix is already hitting Android

A research team has publicized about a vulnerability in Bluetooth that may affect nearly every device that supports the wireless communication protocol. Chipmakers were made aware to the so-called Key Negotiation of Bluetooth (KNOB) Attack in November. BlackBerry and Google have announced patches for Android devices.

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You can now migrate your Nest account to Google, but there's no way to go back

Google promised earlier this year it would give Nest users the option to migrate to more secure Google accounts, and the time has come to begin that process. The Nest app and website are both offering to migrate your account, but be warned, you cannot go back if you change your mind.

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